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Title: A Kiss to the Bride

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: May 21, 1873

Whitman Archive ID: per.00134

Source: New York Daily Graphic 21 May 1874: 608. Our transcription is based on a digital image of a microfilm copy of an original issue. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the periodical poems, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, April Lambert, and Susan Belasco

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Sacred, blithesome, undenied,
With benisons from East and West,
And salutations North and South,
Through me indeed to-day a million hearts and
Wafting a million loves, a million soul-felt prayers;
—Tender and true remain the arm that shields thee
Fair winds always fill the ship's sails that sail thee!
Clear sun by day, and bright stars at night, beam on
Dear girl—through me the ancient privilege too,
For the New World, through me, the old, old wed-
ding greeting:
O youth and health! O sweet Missouri rose! O
bonny bride!
Yield thy red cheeks, thy lips, to-day,
Unto a Nation's loving kiss.


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